Patrick Park returns his new album entitled Here/Gone on April 26. Park, worked with producer Rob Schnapf (Beck, Kurt Vile, Elliott Smith), the two previously worked on Park’s Everyone’s in Everyone. The sparse production has allowed Park’s lyrics to remain front-and-center, the tracks on Here/Gone materialize as letters to his newborn son and aural reckonings with the brevity of life. The album’s second single, “Love Lover Lover” features guest vocals from Warpaint’s Emily Kokal.
After wrapping up the tour for his 2014 album, Love Like Swords, the weight of touring alone in a van for months, partnered with the financial realities of being a musician, began to take its toll. Park turned to writing songs for other artists, but, despite having success, he wasn’t receiving creative fulfillment from the routine. Instead, Park found solace from the existential dread through meditation and working as a counselor on the suicide hotline. During this time, he began to write music for himself again, and the songs that emerged encapsulate the incessant urge to chase things in life that only bring the most fleeting sense of fulfillment.
“When I play live, I’m always ‘exposed’ in a way, but I’ve never made a record with that same feeling,” Park divulges. “It just seemed like this was the record to do it with, and these were the songs to do it with, and this was the time to do it.”
1. Five Alarm
2. Everything Falls Apart
4. No One Makes It
5. Love Lover Love
6. I Feel A Fire
8. Ready For The Party
9. Long Shot
May 2 — Columbia City Theater — Seattle, WA
May 3 — Mississippi Studios — Portland, OR